Sunrise at Betasso Preserve, located just 5 miles west of downtown Boulder.
Why we love it: Serene forest, singing birds, and gentle terrain—all just a few miles west of Boulder.
When to go: The foothills are always great in summer, when the forest provides welcome shade. The best days to hike this trail are Wednesdays and Saturdays, when the trail is closed...
August 18 2015, 12:00 PM
—Morgan Wolfers Photography
Most kids can't resist Colorado's beautiful wildflowers, especially our state-honored Columbine. But instead of reaching out and grabbing this bloom he found along the Silver Dollar Lake Trail, 9-year-old Morgan Wolfers grabbed his camera and snapped this beautiful snapshot instead. You're on your...
August 6 2015, 10:25 AM
Photo by Terri Cook
Why we love it: The moderate elevation gain compared to other fourteeners leaves you with enough energy to enjoy the crystal-clear waters of Sloan Lake and the gorgeous flower display in upper American Basin.
When to go: Late spring, after most of the snow has melted, through early fall,...
August 4 2015, 8:30 AM
A dilapidated mining cabin in Animas Forks, one of several ghost towns seen along Colorado's Alpine Loop
—Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The Alpine Loop is not your leisurely Sunday-morning drive.
The National Backcountry Byway—with two passes rising more than 12,600 feet, rugged and remote four-wheel-drive-only roads, verdant meadows teeming with wildflowers and ghost towns galore—is an ideal opportunity to get...
July 27 2015, 3:25 PM
Why we love it: Easy-to-follow trails with bird's-eye views of the sparkling Horsetooth Reservoir and the surrounding foothills.
When to go: Any time of year, although you may want to avoid the midday heat during the summer.
This 3.8-mile loop explores the northern section of Lory...
July 21 2015, 11:15 AM
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July 11 and 12 The RIDE Festival
Telluride’s Town Park welcomes bands such as Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Moon Taxi, and North Mississippi Allstars to this popular music festival, now in its fourth year.
July 13 to 19 Crested Butte Wildflower Festival
Photography, garden tours,...
July 8 2015, 10:00 AM
Denali, an endangered Grevy’s zebra, was born at the Denver Zoo on New Years Day. —Courtesy of the Denver Zoo
From spotting owls and sniffing wildflowers to searching for hidden elves, here are some fun-filled ways to enjoy springtime in Colorado as a family.
Spot a Great Horned Owl | Bluff Lake Nature Center
The mile-long loop around Bluff Lake is a great place to search for wildlife, including the...
April 27 2015, 3:00 PM
Why we like it: A longer but still-mellow hike that traverses beneath the Devil’s Backbone, one of the Front Range’s most distinctive rock formations.
When to go: Fall through spring, when the temperatures are moderate along this exposed, open trail.
Located in the long and narrow...
October 28 2014, 9:00 AM